Use es­sen­tial oils to nour­ish plants and ban­ish pests

Herbs & Superfoods - - Grow Your Own Herb Gar­den -

Es­sen­tial oils are a con­cen­trated form of the aro­matic prop­er­ties of herbs. You can use them, di­luted, to give your plants a boost and to de­ter pests. For an all-round plant nour­isher, add 2 drops of chamomile es­sen­tial oil in 1 litre of wa­ter, shake to mix, then wa­ter the soil around your plants.

Put 2-3 drops of basil oil in your wa­ter­ing can when wa­ter­ing to­ma­toes to boost growth. Cedar­wood, hys­sop and pine are said to de­ter slugs and snails. Add a drop of each to a litre of wa­ter, shake well, pour a ring of liq­uid around sus­cep­ti­ble plants. Reap­ply reg­u­larly. For a pest spray, mix 4 drops each of marigold, rose­mary and pep­per­mint oils, and 2 drops dish soap in 4 litres of wa­ter. Spray plants. Test a small patch first.

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